My name is Leslie Sbrocco and I’m the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. After each episode I’ll serve up a behind-the-scenes look at what went on during filming, including the wine we were sipping…
We had a terrific group of guests, kicking off with colorful Karen, whose hair and personality were vibrant! As we got into a discussion of Halal foods she mentioned her pick, Old Mandarin Islamic, is not just for those sticking to Islamic dietary guidelines, but for everyone. Karen said to make sure to ask for the hot pot as it’s not on the regular menu. Carter’s recommendation of Naomi Sushi was more hotly debated, but all agreed to have the best experience, sit at the sushi bar near the street and don’t miss the sake choices. The last restaurant we discussed was Woodward’s Garden, which everyone loved. Tucked away in the Mission you might never discover this hidden gem, but Laura brought it to light. The food, wine, service, and atmosphere are excellent according to our reviewers.
Wine of the Week:
2003 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars “Artemis” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California $50
In 1976 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon helped put Napa Valley on the world wine map by besting famous French Bordeaux at what is now known as the Paris Tasting. Their trailblazing talent with Cabernet continues to this day in bottlings such as Fay, S.L.V., and Cask 23. A recent addition to the family is the “Artemis” Cab, named after the Greek Goddess of the hunt. Gorgeously rich and seductive, the wine’s floral aromas and ripe dark berry fruit flavors are complemented by complex notes of anise and allspice. Cellar for up to a decade or enjoy it tonight with a grilled steak.
Sponsor Wine of the Week:
2004 Bonterra Vineyards Chardonnay, Mendocino County, California $12-13
Even people who don’t like Chardonnay will drain their glass. Bonterra’s crisp, melon-scented version is made from organically-grown grapes from cool-climate Mendocino. It’s bright yet smooth and loaded with juicy fruit flavors and a kiss of spiciness. Try with roast chicken or salmon.